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Watford Harriers' Hannah Kitchen takes fourth at ITU World Aquathlon Championships
6:30pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Hannah Kitchen's first start for the Great Britain elite team ended in a fourth place finish in the Under-23 event at the ITU World Aquathlon Championships.
The Watford Harriers competitor started strongly at Hyde Park. She completed her 1km swim in the Serpentine in 13.19 minutes came out of the water in third place.
On the 5k run she was overtaken by a Russian athlete but remained composed and crossed the line in fourth place. She ended with a run split of 19.26 and an overall time of 33.53.
Just 48 hours later, Kitchen was back in action as she competed at the ITU World Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships.
Going into the event, Kitchen was targeting a podium finish in the 20-24 age group.
At the end of her 750m swim she came out of the water in seventh with a time of 10.30.
Kitchen made a quick transition and that helped her made up ground on three athletes over the course of the 20k bike ride.
She had moved up to fourth place but a puncture ended her race despite a spirited effort to continue.
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